Archive for March, 2014


Project management processes can be broken down into five groups – initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.  Each group defines an important phase in the project management process and draws on different skills and knowledge.

Here is a brief background of each group.

  1. Initiating – This is the beginning phase in which the project is authorized.  Before beginning any project it must be defined.  Specific goals need to be set.  Ideas must be brainstormed.
  2. Planning – This phase describes how the project will be managed.  Certain tasks are delegated so that everyone in the group knows their role and what is to be expected of them. Timelines are set.  It is a preparatory phase in which all aspects of the project are analyzed.
  3. Executing – This is the phase in which all the planning is finally put into action.  The project manager’s role now is to make sure all the different groups are working together to complete their delegated work.
  4. Monitoring and Controlling – It’s important to make sure the project is progressing as was planned.  During this phase the project manager monitors the progress and corrects any issues or problems uncovered.
  5. Closing – This can mean the formal closing of the project or the formal closing of a phase in the project.  During this phase the project or a specific phase of the project receives approval and is ended.

Mentoring programs are a very useful tool for training new talent.  In fact, a good mentoring program can even help attract new talent interested in working for a company that can help them advance and grow in their career.  Companies with mentoring programs often have a stronger team as new employees develop relationships with senior employees.  Furthermore, companies save time and money on training efforts when new hires are paired with a mentor to help develop their skills.  All in all, the company is left with a well-trained workforce that feels supported in their advancement within the company.

Employees also benefit from the mentoring relationship.  Busy managers with large teams can’t always give an immediate response to questions; however, mentors can be more readily available.  When new trainees are able to have their needs addressed immediately, they learn more quickly.  Another benefit of a strong mentoring program is that it can enhance the leadership skills of the mentors.  Mentors that are working on imparting knowledge learn to be teachers and leaders in the process.

Mentoring programs have also proven to soften departmental barriers and increase team work within the workforce.  It can also boost morale by strengthening relationships between employees while at the same time fostering a sense of success as a team and as an individual employee.  Successful mentoring programs bring great benefits to mentors, mentees and the company itself!

A great way to strengthen the image of your company in your community is to demonstrate that your company has a vested interest in the community.  This can be done through a multitude of ways, especially volunteering for a local non-profit organization.  Non-profit organizations do a great deal of good for the community.  They provide a broad array of services that address a large variety of needs and their work truly strengthens communities and those that live within it.  Many non-profits, however, struggle with funding and labor and that’s where companies can step in and help.

You want your community to be strong.  When the people are thriving, your business will thrive as well.  You also want the people to see you as a part of what is helping their community thrive.  Getting involved is easy – it can be as simple as cash donations or as in depth as coordinating a fundraiser.  The best way to get involved is to encourage your employees to donate their time.  This is a great way to give back to the community and get your employees involved as well.

Your reputation influences consumers’ decisions when it comes to where they want to take their business.  Make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.  Let people see you as a philanthropic entity with an interest in building a successful community.

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